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Michelle Magorian - Author

Michelle Magorian is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent children’s writers of historical family drama and of books set around the Second World War. She may not be a household name but that’s purely because she doesn’t write as frequently as those more obvious bestselling novelists. Just Henry is her seventh novel. Unlike some authors Magorian writes when the time is right having first undertaken considerable research, followed by a lot of thinking time before actually putting pen to paper and then there’s always the very important rewrites to polish the story. Magorian loves the research and the writing in equal measure but particularly loves writing dialogue.

Interestingly, Magorian’s first love when she was younger was to be an actress but she also loved writing and day dreaming – the perfect combination for a successful novelist.
Here at Lovereading4kids we urge parents and children to try out the wonderful writing, experience the roller-coaster of emotions you’ll get from reading a Michelle Magorian novel. We’re confident you’ll be swept up into a time and place that should never be forgotten.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Michelle Magorian

The Front Room
Michelle Magorian - illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ There's more than one ghost in Michelle Magorian's genuinely creepy new short novel. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday and she's sure there's a sinister presence in their little...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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In at the Deep End
Michelle Magorian - illustrated by Peter Cottrill
There is real depth to Michelle Magorian's story of a young boy taking part in a sponsored swim at his local pool. Ben is set to swim 100 lengths, then his mates Jack and Harry will finish the relay doing...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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The Smile
Michelle Magorian - illustrated by Sam Usher
Interest Age 5-8 Poor Josh, he's being tortured by his baby brother. Charlie may only be 17 days old but he's really making Josh angry: he keeps everyone awake all night; he takes all their parents' attention; they've had to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedGoodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the reserved old man who takes him in. Willie has been...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Just Henry
Michelle Magorian
From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henryis a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life's opportunities. It's post war Britain and life should...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Cuckoo in the Nest
Michelle Magorian
The lure of the theatre draws Ralph but acting is not what his family wants for him. Can he persuade them? A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy's determination to see his dreams come through and a fascinating and vivid...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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A Spoonful of Jam
Michelle Magorian
Best-selling Michelle Magorian brings the magic of theatre and the joys – and terrors – of performance to life in this exciting, funny and touching story about Elie's first excursion onto the stage. Set after World War Two has ended...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/2015
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A Little Love Song
Michelle Magorian
A tender love story and coming of age novel set against a backdrop of wartime uncertainty and it tells how the war effects the sleepy town that Rosie lives in and especially how it effect her and her search for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Impossible!
Michelle Magorian
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Best-loved for her classic Second World War title Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian brings the excitement of being part of a theatre company to life in this action-packed and rip-roaring adventure. Twelve...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2014
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Back Home
Michelle Magorian
Intensely moving this is the story of a young girl coming to terms with getting to know her family again, including a little brother, having been evacuated to America for the duration of WW2. Sometimes sad but also uplifting as...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedGoodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian - illustrated by Neil Reed
A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the reserved old man who takes him in. Willie has been...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Just Henry (TV Tie In Edition)
Michelle Magorian
Winner of the 2008 Costa Children's Book Award - From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a new page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2011
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Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
Some thirty years on, this remains the classic story of the Second World War. It also gives a great insight into how any child might survive the strange experience of evacuation.How Willie Beech, evacuated from London during the bombing, adapts...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Back Home
Michelle Magorian
It's 1945. World War II has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Goodnight Mister Tom (Puffin Modern Classics)
Michelle Magorian
Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1980 - 1989 A wonderful debut novel from an author who is now widely acknowledged as one of the great children's novelists of our time. A storyline that will pull on the heartstrings more...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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Cuckoo In The Nest
Michelle Magorian
The lure of the theatre draws Ralph but acting is not what his family wants for him. Can he persuade them? A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy's determination to see his dreams come through and a fascinating and vivid...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2008
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A Little Love Song
Michelle Magorian
A tender love story and coming of age novel set against a backdrop of wartime uncertainty and it tells how the war effects the sleepy town that Rosie lives in and especially how it effect her and her search for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2008
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A Spoonful Of Jam
Michelle Magorian
A scholarship girl at the grammar school, Elsie has a lot of prove as she stands up for herself against school bullies and her father. Be sure to check out Just Henry, A Spoonful of Jam, A...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2008
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Just Henry
Michelle Magorian
Winner of the 2008 Costa Children's Book Award - From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a new page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2008
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Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the reserved old man who takes him in. Willie has been...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/03/1983
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